THREE of the 12 men who escaped from the Mount Frere cells have been put back behind bars, after police rearrested them. File picture: Pixabay
THREE of the 12 men who escaped from the Mount Frere cells have been put back behind bars, after police rearrested them. File picture: Pixabay

Three of 12 escaped Mount Frere prisoners rearrested

By Robin-Lee Francke Time of article published Oct 4, 2021

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CAPE TOWN: Three men, who escaped from lawful custody, have been rearrested in the Eastern Cape, police confirmed on Monday.

This follows after 12 prisoners escaped from the Mount Frere Police Station holding cells, during the early morning hours of Thursday, September 30.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said at about 2am, while officers were conducting their routine hourly cell visits, they discovered a hole in the wall.

She said 12 prisoners are believed to have escaped through the hole.

Upon further investigation, it was established that the perimeter fence near the cell block was also cut.

“Police are warning the community that these prisoners are dangerous and should not be approached – instead, police must be contacted,” Naidu said at the time.

The names of escaped suspects are:

Luthando Mangaliso (rape); Sikhona Manyambela Ntabankulu (aggravated robbery); Funisile Nodada Ntabankulu (aggravated robbery); Ntokozo Diko Ntabankulu (aggravated robbery); Mandla Mcukana (aggravated robbery); Bandile Banzi Blaai (aggravated robbery), Aphelele Aros (robbery), Nkosikhona Ngcopheni (theft), Ayanda Madzikane (aggravated robbery), Sodlana Luphumzo (residential robbery), and Mbonowenkosi Boto and Spelele Ngqetho (aggravated robbery).

Police immediately initiated a 72-hour activation plan.

Naidu said Ngcopheni was arrested at his Nkungwini location home, in Mount Frere, on Friday at 11am.

The second suspect, Lumphumzo, was arrested later on the same day, in the Bislan location.

The third suspect, Madzikane, was arrested on Sunday, in the Section B informal settlement.

Naidu said the task teams deployed to recapture the prisoners remain on the hunt.

Cape acting provincial police commissioner Major-General Zithulele Dladla has warned members of the public not to harbour the criminals, as they will be committing an offence and, if found, they can face charges of aiding and abetting.

“We appeal to the communities to keep an alert eye out for these criminals, who are dangerous, and to work closely with us to ensure their speedy arrests,” he said.

Naidu has urged anyone with information on the whereabouts of the escaped men to contact the Mount Frere station commander Colonel Fundiswa Mhlamanzana on 082 499 2480 or 039 255 0550, or contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111, or contact the nearest police station.

All information is confidential and callers may remain anonymous.

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